At Parkside Primary School 'Collective Worship' involves all members of the school coming together and participating in an assembly. We expect everyone to take an active part in the assembly. In line with the 1988 Education reform Act which states that collective worship should be ‘wholly or mainly of a broad Christian character’, we normally base our assemblies around broadly Christian values. However, we conduct our assemblies in a manner that is sensitive to the faiths and beliefs of all members of the school. Whilst most acts of worship in our school are Christian we also hold assemblies that reflect the traditions of other religions that are represented in the school and the wider community.
Aims and Objectives of Collective Worship
The aims of collective worship are:
• To promote the religious, spiritual, moral, physical and mental well-being of all those in the school community
• To explore certain ideas, activities, attitudes and feelings with a view to understanding them from a religious perspective
• To develop a sense of awe and wonder
• To come together as a school family
Through Collective Worship/assemblies we hope to give children the opportunity to
• reflect on their own and others’ experiences
• help children to find out more about themselves
• learn more about the world in which they live
• consider the beliefs of others and how they influence people
• explore prayer
• praise God
• give opportunities to be still, quiet and reflective
• respond to stories and music
• develop a caring attitude towards self and others
Teaching and Learning Planning Assemblies
During the week we hold a daily act of collective worship which is organised as follows.
Key Stage Assemblies led by Mrs Bell/ Mr Bennett/ Mrs Salter/Miss Bills
Singing led by Mrs Stanton/Mrs McMahon
Celebration assembly led by Mrs Bell
Special Educational Needs and Inclusion
The Headteacher, teachers and visitors are all involved in leading worship assemblies. We welcome other visitors into the school to help broaden the children’s experiences. Every effort is made to involve the children, where appropriate. All staff are made aware of all children in the school with Special Educational Needs and take this into account when planning assemblies. We expect all children to attend assembly. However any parent can request permission for their child to be excused from religious worship, and the school will make alternative arrangements for the supervision of the child for that part of the assembly. This right of withdrawal complies with the 1944 Education Act and was restated in the 1988 Education Act.
The school celebrates many important events in the Christian calendar. Each year the school celebrates Harvest, Christmas and Easter as well as many topical events.